Many thanks to Mark Correia ’14, ’15G, Erinn Miles ’16, and Melissa Sheil ’16 for their suggestions and personal experiences!
It is that time of the semester where there is excitement in the air and I’m not talking about our basketball team. Students are starting the interviewing process for various clubs and positions on campus. So whether you want to be an Orientation Leader, a Writing Tutor or an RA, please remember the following advice….
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This one can be tricky, but be aware of what your Twitter/Instagram says about you (even if it is blocked). Tweeting about how wasted you got on a snow day is not a good look – for any position on-campus. In a few years, you will graduate and look for a job so start thinking about your brand now. If you put up goofy videos on YouTube, take them down. That meme about Trump that you think is funny (but also somewhat racist), take it down. Tweeting about your annoying professor may be hilarious to your friends, but how does it look to an administrator looking to fill a position?
Group Interviews – With Friends or Strangers?
For group interviews, there are 5-6 other students all vying for the same spot and then there are a few current members asking questions and writing down your responses – it can be super intimidating. Most students claim that it is better to interview with people they don’t know (as opposed to fighting over a spot with their friends) but the choice is yours. Would you feel more or less comfortable highlighting your accomplishments (or failures) with your friends? Also, some students claim that it’s best to sign up for the last group interview time so you can make a final impression right before decisions are made. I don’t know how much truth there is to that, but I’ll pass that tip along.
While other students are talking, be careful to listen and not mentally zone out. Pay attention to other students responses and look happy to be interviewing for the position- it says a lot about how you work in a team and how engaged you will be in the position. And if another student answers a question poorly, try not to make a face or roll your eyes.
While this may seem obvious, be sure to really prepare. You will be asked tough questions (How do you respond to a resident that has been drinking?) so the more you think about your responses, the more calm and prepared you will be. Write down your thoughts on your leadership style, what strengths you bring to an organization, etc. Also, do a quick google search for Student Leadership Interview Questions to start thinking of how you would answer those questions.
Often times, with group interviews you get to select a time. When you sign up for that time, be sure to write it down in your planner/phone so you don’t forget it. Missing your interview is a big no-no, but I’ve seen it happen.
Do not be afraid to showcase your achievements. The key is to do so without sounding overconfident (this is where it is important to do the prep work). Most of the positions you will be interviewing are positions of leadership, and so you need to show that during your interview. While it’s normal to get nervous, be sure to speak up!
What are your best strategies for a successful group interview?
Many thanks to Mark Correia ’14, ’15G, Erinn Miles ’16, and Melissa Sheil ’16 for their suggestions and personal experiences!... MORE
GUEST BLOGGER: CISCO OLLER, ’16
My name is Francisco Oller, I am a Senior Management Major and I was born with a rare genetic disease called Pelizaeus Merzbacher. My disability has made me into a determined and courageous person. I was born in Puerto Rico and I have lived there until I came to Providence College. My goal in life is to be successful in all that I may pursue and never let my physical limitations deter me from enjoying life.
GUEST BLOGGER: CISCO OLLER, ’16 My name is Francisco Oller, I am a Senior Management Major and I was born with... MORE
GUEST BLOGGER: MELISSA SHEIL, ’16
Hi Friars! My name is Melissa Sheil and I am from Southwick, Massachusetts. I am a junior psychology major with a business studies certificate, and a member of the Dirigo Leadership Honor Society. I tutor DWC, philosophy and theology in OAS, and am also a member of Tutor Cabinet. I am a Protege Mentor and this past summer I worked as a Resident Assistant/Mentor in the Friar Foundations Program. I serve as a Research Assistant in Providence College’s Social Perceptions and Attitudes Lab, and am most interested in studying academic achievement. I am an Admissions Ambassador, Special Olympics Volunteer and will be volunteering on my third Habitat for Humanity trip this Spring Break! When I’m not watching PC Basketball or Hockey games, you can find me playing intramurals (and still trying to win a t-shirt)!
As a Head Tutor, I have had the privilege of interviewing several prospective tutors over the past few weeks. The Tutoring Center consists of a community of tutors who are engaged and excited to help their peers, so it is fitting that one of the questions that we always ask a prospective tutor is “What excites you most about possibly being hired as a tutor?”
Although responses varied, they all shared one common underlying theme: the prospective tutor was most excited about being able to serve their peers through tutoring.
Tutoring requires both the tutor and the tutee be engaged and present throughout the session in order to best serve the student. Tutors must come to the session prepared to help the student better understand the topic they are studying, while also creating an environment where the tutee feels comfortable to be able to ask for further explanation or to say that they are completely confused by the material. Simply put, tutoring requires that the tutor is dedicated to putting in the extra effort by giving the best of themselves every time they tutor in order to best help the student they are serving.
As a college student, I understand that sometimes it can be difficult to always give your all in everything you do. Whether it be because of a lack of sleep or a hectic schedule, there are always occasions where it is difficult to motivate yourself to be your best. However, Harvey S. Firestone’s quote that reads, “You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself” truly emphasizes that while you are in a role that requires you to serve another, it is necessary to put in the extra effort to show that you value those you are working with.
Whether you are a tutor, a resident assistant, a peer mentor, a teacher’s assistant, an orientation leader or just consider yourself a member of the Friar Family, chances are that you hold some role on campus that requires you to serve others. So while you are in that role, remember to give the best of yourself by showing an interest in the group you are serving, accepting the group you are serving, and being engaged and present throughout the time you are serving. As members of the Friar Family, it is our responsibility to give the best of ourselves in order to get the best out of others.
GUEST BLOGGER: MELISSA SHEIL, ’16 Hi Friars! My name is Melissa Sheil and I am from Southwick, Massachusetts. I am... MORE
GUEST BLOGGER: ERINN MILES, ’16
Junior Sociology & Women’s Studies double major from Sartell, Minnesota. Passionate about education for all, equality for all, and daring greatly. Interests include good books, spending time with family and friends, travel, & breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good Samaritan. Proud younger sister and friend to amazing people. At PC, I am an Orientation Coordinator, Writing tutor, Admissions Ambassador, member of the 65th Student Congress Outreach Committee, and a Protégé mentor.
On Sunday, I helped facilitate the Junior Leadership Conference through the Student Congress Outreach Committee. For this event, high school juniors from all over Rhode Island were invited to campus for a day of workshops and learning more themselves as well as the college application process, and college in general. When I led a small group session about applying to colleges as well as involvement and how to have a successful college career, one student spoke up. He said that I had spoken so highly of PC and how easy my decision to attend Providence College seemed. The student asked, “What happens if you don’t get that ‘feeling’ of a perfect fit?” I was stopped in my tracks; I knew PC was the perfect fit for me because of so many reasons: the small community here is so inclusive, and I felt that before I was even a student. This community is still so inclusive, welcoming, and wonderful to me four years after I made the decision to attend here.
In light of the events surrounding the Friars winning the National Title this weekend and upcoming social events on and off campus, I hope to be assured of this community at PC. I’ve felt a part of the Friar Family since day one, and I would hope that this sense of community does not peter out over students’ frustrations.
We are all wonderful people; we each have done truly great things here and have amazing goals and prospects for our futures. Let’s remember how we all felt when we first stepped onto PC’s campus our first day as new students. Let’s remember how welcomed our Orientation Leaders made us feel, how our professors care about our future success, and how many resources are available to us on a daily basis.
As a valued member of our Friar Family, I plan on looking out for my friends and peers in the coming weeks, both in the classroom and outside of it; in the dorms and on the quad. I hope we can all do the same.
GUEST BLOGGER: ERINN MILES, ’16 Junior Sociology & Women’s Studies double major from Sartell, Minnesota. Passionate about education for all,... MORE
GUEST BLOGGER: ERINN MILES ’16
Junior Sociology & Women’s Studies double major from Sartell, Minnesota. Passionate about education for all, equality for all, and daring greatly. Interests include good books, spending time with family and friends, travel, & breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good Samaritan. Proud younger sister & friend to amazing people. At PC, I am an Orientation Leader, Writing tutor, Admissions Ambassadors, member of the 65th Student Congress, and a Protégé mentor.
Spring semester is an amazing time to be on campus – tons of prospective students have recently been accepted and are visiting, trying to imagine themselves in our shoes. As an Admissions Ambassador, I have the opportunity to show some of these future Friars around and to boast about how much I love PC. As of right now, we’re still adjusting to our new classes, preparing upcoming events for our clubs, and still trying to hit the gym in preparation for spring break. Even though the snow doesn’t seem to be leaving us any time soon, in just a few short weeks that enormous-trunked tree on the quad will blossom once again and come back to life, along with the rest of campus. The quad will soon be green again, and hundreds of people will spring from their dorms to read, play catch, and talk with friends while music blasts in the background—the picturesque college scene.
One on-going event to look into is the weekly Breakfast of Champions series put on by the Office of Orientation, Transitions & Leadership, which has just started (it’s not too late to join!); it’s a great opportunity to learn new leadership skills that apply to PC and real life.
Other things to look forward to are the Big East Tournament in March (and maybe March Madness this year?!). Keep going to games and cheering on our Friars! The game on Saturday against Seton Hall this weekend during Alumni & Parent weekend promises to be a nail biter!
In addition to these fun events, the spring concert in just around the corner too. Previous acts include Hoodie Allen + Third Eye Blind, Avicii, and Krewella. Who will it be this year?! Board of Programmers announces the artist near the end of March, after spring break.
Once the snow finally melts, it’s great to get out and walk around Providence – whether it’s on Federal Hill, Prospect Park, or near Thayer and the East Side, it’s fun to explore our beautiful city and find neat places. Favorite places of mine to pop into are Pizza Pie-er on Wickenden Street, Kabob & Curry on Thayer for great Indian food, and Newport Creamery down the street on Smith for the infamous Awful-Awful.
What are some things you’re looking forward to in the coming months?
GUEST BLOGGER: ERINN MILES ’16 Junior Sociology & Women’s Studies double major from Sartell, Minnesota. Passionate about education for all,... MORE